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Nike's CEO Speaks on Racism Within the Company in Letter to Employees

“We must fix our own house.”

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Nike's CEO Speaks on Racism Within the Company in Letter to Employees

“We must fix our own house.”

Following donations from Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse to the Black Lives Matter movement, the company’s CEO John Donahoe sent a memo to employees on Friday, diving into the protests that have taken place following the tragic murder of George Floyd.

“While we strive to help shape a better society, our most important priority is to get our own house in order,” Donahoe writes.  “Nike needs to be better than society as a whole [...] While we have made some progress over the past couple of years, we have a long way to go,” emphasizing that the company must fix its internal operations.

Having previously been criticized for lack of inclusivity and diversity, as well as sexual harassment claims in the workplace, the company’s report from 2019 revealed that 21.6% of the workforce was Black or African American, and those included the 4.8% making up the company’s directors.

“We know Black Lives Matter. We must educate ourselves more deeply on the issues faced by Black communities and understand the enormous suffering and senseless tragedy racial bigotry creates,” said Donahoe in his statement. Read the full piece below, and for more from the company, don’t miss that Jordan Brand just committed to $100,000,000 USD in donations over the next 10 years here.

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